The use of electric motors in your business is likely vital to your operation. That is why there is often a lot of focus on maintaining the motors properly and ensuring that they are operating efficiently at any given time. Although there are many factors that would need to be considered when it comes to maintaining electric motors, lubrication is often the key that will help to reduce the possibility of motor failure.
It should also be considered that maintaining your electric motors on an ongoing basis through routine maintenance is always a better choice than waiting for the motor to fail and then to decide if you’re going to either repair or replace it. Not only can it increase your overall costs when you wait for some form of motor failure, it can also result in a lot of downtime, depending upon the motor that is affected.
As far as the lubrication is concerned, there are a number of reasons why this should be near the top of the list when it comes to electric motor maintenance. Here are five different reasons why you would want to keep the motor properly lubricated on an ongoing basis.
Friction – One of the most common problems that can result in the failure of electric motors is if there is friction between the bearings and the shaft. Keeping the bearings properly lubricated will help to reduce that problem significantly. You will need to check the specifications of the motor because some electric motors are only able to be lubricated if they are disassembled.
Protection – When you lubricate electric motors properly, it will also offer a level of protection against the metal surfaces within the motor. Corrosion is a difficulty that is common in electric motors and, although it is virtually impossible to stop corrosion completely, you can reduce the issue significantly when you lubricate the motors regularly.
Transferring Heat – One of the easiest ways for you to shorten the life of the motor is to allow it to overheat. Although there is going to be some degree of heat that is associated with the operation of electric motors, it needs to be kept in check. There may also be hotspots within the motor that are more likely to overheat due to friction or the general operation of the unit. Lubricating the motor on a regular basis can help to keep the heat from building up in those hotspots and transfer it to other areas of the motor.
Bearing Wear – Lubricating the bearings properly can keep them from wearing too quickly. It is important to recognize that too much lubrication is also going to be harmful to the motor because it can cause the motor to overheat. Make sure you’re familiar with the guidelines for greasing the motor and act appropriately.
Debris – When the motor is lubricated with grease regularly, it will act as an attractant to keep any debris and dirt that is in the area from entering the motor further.